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Thirty-six pages of original court documents from the State v. Thomason case dating 1845. The case was heard in the State of Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Court.


The State of Mississippi, Lowndes County, charged James M. Thomason, laborer, for falsely and feloniously forging a promissory note for $80 on May 26, 1845 with the intent to defraud Joseph Nash. David M. Matthews testified on May 28, 1845 that Thomason offered to sell the promissory note for $80 on May 26th, but that Thomason said that it should be $85 because Nash would soon be selling an enslaved person. Abner Wallace testified on May 28, 1845 that when he went to Nash's house on May 26th, Nash and two other men were out searching for an enslaved woman.

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Slaveholders.; Slavery -- Mississippi.; Slavery -- Mississippi -- History -- Sources.; Slaveholders.; Slaves -- Social Conditions.; Crime and race.; Legal documents.; Negotiable instruments.; Crime--History.


Slavery, Slaves, Circuit Court, State Court, Criminal Files, Enslaved persons, Lowndes County, Mississippi; Legal instrument

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Columbus--Mississippi; Lowndes County (Miss.).

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State of Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Court State Criminal Case Files Collection. Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (Miss.).


Columus-Lowndes Public Library System


Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

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Mississippi State University Libraries


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State of Mississippi, Circuit Court Criminal Case, Lowndes County, State v. Thomason, Case File No. 414



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